I was seeing a newborn the other day, and the parents had a great idea. Their baby had spit up, and they were concerned about how to clear his airway. When we discussed how to hold the baby to clear the airway they had the great idea of having a CPR “teaching party” for a group of their friends who also had young babies.
I encourage new parents (actually all parents, and even grandparents) to take a CPR class. I am fortunate that we have yearly CPR class in our office, which keeps us all up-to-date.
It is fairly easy to find local CPR classes, either through the YMCA, the American Heart Association or often through the hospital where you deliver your baby. But, in these cases you have to take the class on “their schedule.” What a great idea to host a party with your friends and hire a certified CPR instructor to come to you!
You know I do like to “isolate” my newborn patients from crowds (for 6-8 weeks), but it is fun to gather with other parents of newborns to get some social interaction. If everyone brought their baby, and a dish for dinner, it could be a mini dinner party followed by CPR training.
So let’s start planning CPR parties. I may even do one for my friends who are becoming grandparents.
(Dr. Sue Hubbard is an award-winning pediatrician, medical editor and media host. “The Kid’s Doctor” TV feature can be seen on more than 90 stations across the U.S. Submit questions at http://www.kidsdr.com. The Kid’s Doctor e-book, “Tattoos to Texting: Parenting Today’s Teen,” is now available from Amazon and other e-book vendors.)
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Erin O’Donnell is a freelance health and science writer, parent, and graduate of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. Walks by Lake Michigan make her happy.